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It’s been a strange year for ruby-throated hummingbirds

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Some observers report more birds than ever. Other ask why none have returned. My experience has been equally confounding. I saw my first hummer this spring April 11, a full 11 days sooner than my previous first date, so I expected lots of birds this year. And the map of returning hummers at www.hummingbirds.net offered […]

Market Monitor: Lack of insight, but not opinion

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I was reminded this morning that when it comes to really knowing what is going on in the grain markets, I am as useless as certain vestigial mammary organs on a male swine. Maybe you have to think about that for a moment. I cleaned it up a little for the “General” audience. In fact, […]

Time flies when you’re trippin’

Thursday, June 24, 2010

My cousin and I started our “Two Trippin’ Moms Adventures” when our children were very young. Bidding the daddies goodbye, we buckled in a 2-year-old, two 4-year-olds, and a not-quite 7-year-old and headed out to see the sights. At the onset, “trippin’” was certainly less an explanation of intent and more exclamation of wonder, a.k.a. […]

What did children do for fun before video games?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fireflies and foxfire . . . four-leaf clovers and bare feet . . water striders and pollywogs . . . baby rabbits and big black and yellow spiders centering their webs . . . crayfish in the creek scuttling backward to hide beneath a rock . . . Fortunate the child — as was I […]

Cuckoos are Real

Thursday, June 17, 2010

While searching the forest canopy for the male scarlet tanager I had just heard (its raspy voice sounds like a robin with a sore throat), another bird sailed through my field of view. It disappeared into a dense thicket so quickly I saw it for only a moment. I mentally reviewed the general impressions the […]

Market Monitor: Dead cat shows signs of life

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Last week I mentioned the old saw about the dead cat — that even a dead cat can bounce a little. That was in response to the idea that the market had gone so low, a little bounce did not mean anything. The bounce has now lasted for a week, and I am forced to […]

Two friends, a world apart? Or not?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

On Saturday, a dear friend who lives in Tampa sent me a quick message, saying she and her hubby were going to drive out to the beach to enjoy the beauty of that amazing place before it is no longer perfect. It was a hot day, and Candy really hates the heat, but this was […]

Butt then, maybe I’ll call you

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We just spent a very confused moment staring at the caller ID that pops up on our TV screen and wondering how I could be calling us when I am sitting right here clearly NOT calling us. Turns out it was just my derriere dialing. Another attack of the butt dial. Butt-dialing is, of course, […]

Considering timber harvest? Do your homework

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Each weekday morning, I travel the 18 miles to my office at the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. Most often, I use this quiet time to focus on the day’s agenda or plot my strategies for long-term projects and programs. However, efforts to plan my day have been interrupted over recent months by observations […]

Trade talks are stuck in past

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The surest way to confirm if anyone in Washington, D.C. is telling you the truth about trade is to watch their lips: If they move, they’re stretching the blanket one way or the other. Of course, not many lips have moved on trade last year or this year. Not a priority Indeed, on the White […]

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